Rianne Aarts, the creator of Teddy and Wool, creates stunning creations by combining classic macramé techniques with a contemporary twist. Inspired by diverse sources, she carefully conceptualizes and crafts each piece to embody her distinctive vision. Her work has earned her commissions from renowned brands and spaces, where she aims to convey a sense of elegance and tranquility.
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Can you share a bit about your journey as an artist? How did you transition from studying law to pursuing your passion in fiber art and creating Teddy and Wool?
Although studying law was intellectually stimulating, I soon realized that my true calling was in the world of creativity. I found a deep sense of fulfillment in working with textiles and crafting fiber art. The positive response from friends and family ultimately inspired me to turn my passion into a full-time pursuit. It was a challenging transition, but it has been incredibly rewarding, allowing me to create art that brings joy to others and to connect with art enthusiasts all over the world.
Your creations are so beautiful! How did you develop this unique style that combines contemporary twists with classic macramé techniques?
Thank you! I developed my style through a blend of studying traditional macramé, experimenting with different dyes and paints and drawing inspiration from other various art forms. By pushing the boundaries of traditional macramé and embracing innovation, I was able to create a harmonious fusion that sets my work apart, resonating with those seeking a fresh and distinctive aesthetic.
Could you walk us through your creative process? From conceptualization to completion, how do you approach each piece you make?
My creative process begins with inspiration from various sources like nature, art, emotions and even dreams. I conceptualize the piece’s design, select materials, and decide on the colors, patterns and knots. During crafting I often experiment and make adjustments to align the piece with my vision, ensuring quality and attention to detail. Throughout I aim to transform inspiration into a tangible work of art that reflects my style, and, in the case of a custom piece, a work of art that also aligns with the wishes of the client.
What draws you to the designs you come up with? Do you find any symbolism in the shapes you create?
I’m drawn to my designs by a mix of personal inspiration and the inherent beauty of materials and techniques. My creations often reflect nature’s organic shapes or geometric patterns, evoking movement, balance, and harmony. While I don’t often impose strict symbolism, I believe art inherently carries meaning, inviting viewers to interpret and connect with the piece in their own unique ways.
Your work has been commissioned by renowned brands and spaces, and we’ve even had the pleasure of working with you! Can you talk a bit about how you approach pieces for clients while maintaining your artistic vision?
I try to maintain a delicate balance between my artistic vision and the unique requirements of my clients. First, I try to understand their goals and preferences. I ask about measurements, colors, budget etc. Then, I come up with one or two designs that incorporate my signature style while integrating elements that align with the client’s vision. During crafting I try to keep the client involved and informed to ensure the final piece reflects both their objectives and my artistic identity. It’s a collaborative effort that aims to create a work of art that resonates with the client while staying true to my creative identity.
Could you share about your experience working with KBAA and Hotel Del? What were you inspired by, and what emotions or messages did you aim to convey through the piece?
It was a true pleasure! Together with KBAA we designed 2 different pieces. Inspired by the hotel’s rich history and coastal surroundings, I aimed to convey a sense of timeless elegance and the soothing essence of the sea. These pieces evoke feelings of tranquility and serenity, adding a touch of nature’s beauty to the hotel’s ambiance. The intertwining fibers symbolize the connection between the hotel’s heritage and the natural world, creating a harmonious atmosphere for guests to enjoy.
Working with natural fibers and materials clearly requires a unique set of skills. What advice do you have for aspiring artists looking to explore this medium?
For artists delving into the world of fiber art here’s my advice. Keep practicing and don’t give up, even if you think your work looks ‘bad’ (spoiler: it doesn’t!). Don’t hesitate to explore different approaches to discover your distinct artistic style. Share your work wherever you can, to get feedback and exposure, and just keep crafting. Sometimes the creation process is more rewarding than the result and if you keep at it you could very well become a successful artist.